Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public

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Potomac Books, Inc., 1998 - History - 461 pages
This book covers many topics that are crucial to military planning but often receive only passing mention in histories or briefings. Collins, a former Army officer, stresses land geography, but he does not stint oceans, the atmosphere, or interplanetary space. His discussions of urban areas are too brief, given the increasing amount of large-scale violence in cities since the end of World War II.
 

Contents

U S and Soviet Mineral and Metal Imports
Crude Oil Producers and Proven Reserves
Oil Fields and Facilities
Military Dead and Missing World Wars I and II
Present and Projected World Populations
Causes of U S Wartime Casualties
Representative Racial Ethnic and Tribal Relationships
Ten Leading Languages 1990s

LAY OF THE LAND
Regional Vegetation
OCEANS AND SEASHORES
Sea Water Stratification
Lunar and Solar Influences on Tides
Ocean Wave Motions and Measurements 10 Conditions Conducive to Surf
A Typical Beach Profile
Crucial Naval Choke Points During the Cold
Plimsoll Line Markings
Effects of Wave Action on Ship Stability
Beaches and Approaches at Inchon
Land and Sea Breeze Regimes
Cloud Types Depicted
Cloud Ceilings Related to Terrain
Anatomy of a Thunderstorm
Regional Climates Depicted
Nuclear Fallout Related to Wind
Frigid Flatlands
Iceberg Routes to the North Atlantic
The Murmansk Run
The Arctic Ocean and Peripheral Seas
Major Mountainous Regions
The Himalayan Hump
Conditions Conducive to Avalanches
Arid Regions
Tropical Rain Forests
The Kokoda Trail and Shaggy Ridge
The Pripet Swamp and Its Offshoots
The Mekong Delta and Rung Sat Special Zone
Typical Coastal Topography
Shallow Water Antisubmarine Warfare Suites
Aerospace Interfaces
Gravity Versus Space Vehicle Velocity
Earthly and Lunar Gravity Wells
Electromagnetic Pulse Propagation
Linguistic Clutter in the Caucasus
Principal Religions and Selected Denominations
URBANIZATION
Variable Town and City Components
Assorted Street Systems
Present and Projected Megalopoli
Three Layers of Urban Obstacles
LINES OF COMMUNICATION
Highway and Byway Attributes
Bridge Types Depicted 33 Bridge Superstructures and Substructures
Traditional Rail Yard Facilities
U S Military Aircraft Runway Length Calculations
Airfield Construction Stages
Advantages Available from the Panama Canal
MILITARY BASES
U S Cold War Collective Security Pacts
FORTRESSES AND FIELD FORTIFICATIONS
MILITARY SERVICE PREDILECTIONS
GEOPOLITICAL FRICTION
Typical Trouble Spots Mid1990s
MILITARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
FORMAT FOR AREA ANALYSIS
OPERATION NEPTUNE
Selected Climatic Statistics for Manche and Calvados
Populated Places in Manche and Calvados
U S Expeditionary Airfields in Manche and Calvados
OPERATION PLAN EL PASO
Transportation on the Ho Chi Minh Trail
OPLAN El Paso Airfields
OPLAN El Paso Road Opening Schedules
Schedules for DualLaning Route 9 in Laos
FINAL REFLECTIONS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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John M. Collins is a retired U.S. Army colonel and a distinguished visiting research fellow at the National Defense University. Collins culminated his military career as the director of military strategy studies and then as chief of the Strategic Research Group at the National War College. He was subsequently the senior specialist in national defense at the Congressional Research Service for twenty-four years. Collins has written twelve books and numerous monographs, including "Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives". He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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